She is a special plant given to me by my late mother-in-law. Martha was quite a gardener. Her beds always put me to shame as we were neighbors for quite a few years. ;) But we always had gardening in common and I treasured that relationship. She had given me starts of the most beautiful irises. The contrast between the white top and deep purple falls was striking. I have wanted to do this drawing for years. So this is how it began~
The first step, after observation, was to do several studies, both in color and in graphite. I also took many photographs as the flower would not be lasting until I was finished with the drawing.
Next, I made a line drawing of the final composition on tracing paper which I transferred to my "good paper" (Fabriano Artistico hot pressed w/c paper).
I begin to lay in the values with gray colored pencils in the darkest of shadows.
And then the fun begins by adding color.
A little closer look. This is the stage that is left on my drawing board at the moment. I hope to finish "Iris" by next week. Stay tuned......